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Wales Cancer Research Centre,
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First Floor Main Building,
University Hospital of Wales,
Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Screening, prevention and early diagnosis

Preventing cancers from occurring, or detecting them sooner, is known to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. A clear emphasis on Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis in national cancer strategies highlights the potential impact of improvements in these areas, but also the complexity and multidimensional nature of the barriers to change. Achieving the changes needed to reach the goals of prevention and earlier detection is a vital area of research. Working closely with our sister centre in the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure, the PRIME Centre, we aim to improve understanding of the motivations and behaviours which result in inequalities in cancer prevention, symptomatic diagnosis and uptake of screening programmes, particularly in high risk, harder to reach groups. Through this research we aim to develop and test interventions designed to improve screening outcomes and accelerate diagnosis, as soon as symptoms occur.

A clear emphasis on Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis in national cancer strategies highlights the potential impact of improvements in these areas, but also the complexity and multidimensional nature of the barriers to change. Our research in this area, led by Dr Kate Brain of Cardiff University, will improve understanding of inequalities in uptake in screening programmes in high risk, harder to reach groups. Exploring the motivational and behavioural aspects influencing early presentation will inform the design of interventions to improve screening outcomes and also expedite early symptomatic diagnosis.

Contact:
Dr Katherine Brain
BrainKE@cardiff.ac.uk